Chinese manufacturer TTArtisan has launched a 500mm f/6.3 supertelephoto for the RF mount and others. The lens is manual focus, but looks to have good optical performance for certain types of photography. This is not a mirror lens, which is the usual design for inexpensive supertelephoto lenses.
The best part? The TTArtisan 500mm f/6.3 comes in at only $329 USD.
This design is for full-frame, but is manual focus. The optical design is 8 elements in 5 groups including 2 extra-low dispersion elements.
If we go by the sample gallery provided by TTArtisan, they see it as an astrophotography option on a budget. The optical performance looks really nice, especially considering the price. For a backyard birder with a nice perch set up, the manual focus likely won’t be much of an issue. It would also be easier to get some background separation over the f/11 Canon supertelephoto lenses.
The bokeh looks a bit busy in the bird sample photos provided, but we think it could be better with a better planned backdrop.
TTArtisan RF 500mm f/6.3 Features
500mm Telephoto Lens
Large Extra-low dispersion(ED) glass
MC Multi-Layer Coatings
3.3m Close-up Shot
Comes with Tripod Mount Ring
Focus Gear Ring
Full Metal Body
Comes with a Metal Lens Hood
Focal length500mmMaximum apertureF6.3Closest focus distance3.3mMinimum apertureF32FrameFull FrameDiaphragm Blades12pcsFilter size82mmOptical Design8 Elements in 5 GroupsAngle of view5°Focus methodManualWeightAround 307gMountE/Z/RF/L
TTArtisan 500mm f/6.3 $329 at Amazon (Sales go live at 18:00 ET on September 22, 2023)
TTArtisan 500mm f/6.3 $329 at Official Store
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